Homers by Kevin Garcia led the way for Mexico as they roughed up the Philippines pitching with three long balls en route to a 10-0 shutout win over five innings in Group A of the 12U Baseball World Cup at the Taipei Municipal Baseball Stadium in Tianmu yesterday morning.
It was the first multi-homer game effort by a player in this year’s tournament, giving the young slugger three blasts in the four games he has played so far. Even though his team’s current record would barely qualify them for the next round, Garcia’s individual achievement should be acknowledged nonetheless.
Also homering for the victors was Jesus Medina, who batted a perfect two-for-two on the day with a pair of RBIs to go along with Garcia’s game-high three-for-three hitting, with three RBIs to his credit.
Picking up the win for Mexico was starter Claudio Galvez, who allowed no runs on four hits in as many innings to beat his counterpart Roberto Morcilla, who served up four runs (two earned) on three hits over 1-1/3 innings of play.
ITALY 6, CZECH REPUBLIC 3
Italy doubled up on the Czech Republic in Tianmu yesterday afternoon thanks to a three-run fifth that broke open a 3-3 tie.
What should have been an easy win for Italy, who played shoulder-to-shoulder against undefeated Japan before faltering in an extra-inning loss on Sunday, turned into a dog fight as the Czech Republic surprised their opponents by holding Italy hitless through the first two frames, before skidding ahead with a pair of runs off starter Andrea Orrasch.
The Czech Republic tacked on another run in the fourth to lead 3-0, with starter Martin Grundmann having retired all nine of the hitters he faced over the first three innings.
Grundmann was pulled after three stellar innings in favor of a bullpen which proved no match for the Italy bats as they overwhelmed reliever Tomas Oppelt with a single and a pair of walks.
That set up Andrea Pasotto’s two-run double off Oppelt’s successor Patrik Kadrnozka, before plating another run to tie things up in the bottom of the fourth.
That was the extent the Czech Republic were in the game as Italy erupted for three more runs in the fifth to secure the win.
JAPAN 10, BRAZIL 6
Japan remained the lone unbeaten team in Group A with a 10-6 win over Brazil in seven innings in Tianmu last night.
Four streaky runs by Japan in the top of the seventh, all with two outs, was the difference in the game as Japan erased a 0-3 deficit in the third with a five-run fifth, allowed Brazil to tie it in the bottom of the fifth, before winning in extra innings for the second straight game.
Yesterday’s other results:
‧ US 18, Hong Kong 0 (4th)
‧ Panama 29, Pakistan 0 (4th)
‧ South Korea 16, Russia 0 (5th)